I’ve never liked pastels, and for some reason, when people used to give me art supplies, they always gave me pastels. Because I was a glitzy Southern Californian beach gurl, they gave me shimmery pastels!
I find them clumsy, thick, and I have trouble getting detail. I’m not Monet, so not into suggesting with dots of color, or blends of color.
I have this amazing box of Sennelier iridescent (not really me either) pastels, and I have NEVER USED THEM. Then I came across someone saying they water-colored across their pastel. Hmmm. Online, I checked out things-one-can-do with pastels, and found I could do exactly that.
I wish I could tell you that playing around (below) changed my mind. I am still not in love with them, BUT, I will keep one box as I am gifting supplies (I have two) I will never use, and maybe someday will play with them again.
Below, I started with crude fast colors on a sheet in a doodle I often do of the RV we hope to own. I used my water brush to blend. Not a great work of art, but a good test, and I think it is good to show your simply awful work, because so many artists hide their experiments.
Sennelier pastels don’t layer well. I tried adding orange on top of the yellow sun, and it was a streaky mess. Also, the Sennelier doesn’t like to be mixed with other watercolor crayon bits, like Neocolor II — or the Neocolor doesn’t like the Sennelier. And it was not compatible with the Stabilo silver watercolor pencil I tried. Some of the streaky bits were me playing with a mixed bag.
Sometime I will try again . . . as I said, if I can use them like Neocolor II, possibly I will find a time and place when they are perfect for what I am imagining!
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